About the programme
NB. The curriculum for the programme is currently being revised. This might lead to minor adjustments compared to the description you find on this site including a new title. For the present the working title for the programme is "Dance and participation".
The education in Dance Partnership is a two-year master's programme for professional practicing dancers and choreographers who wish to combine artistic and pedagogic practice with a view to develop and realise artistic projects in which the participants' physical, social and creatively established experiences are central.
The Danish National School of Performing Arts educates dance practitioners, who are reflective and artistically well founded. During the two-year programme the student develops his or her own distinctive practice within a self-defined field of interest. The student’s practice-based inquiries are supported by a foundation in creative dance and pedagogy.
Laura Navndrup Black is the Head of Programme. Throughout the programme the students work with prominent Danish and international guest teachers, researchers and artists from the field of study.
The course of study alternates between classes and workshops and periods in which the student carries out his or her self-defined inquiries within the field, including internships in which the student plans and implements dance projects with particular participant groups. The programme concludes with a substantial graduation project.
The education includes a number of practical placements, which are carried out in schools, upper secondary education and other cultural platforms.
Collaborations with students from other fields of study and a module in entrepreneurship enable the student to conduct independent projects after graduation.
The main teaching language is English, however, it is possible to hand in written assignments in one of the Scandinavian languages.
The programme aims to let professional dancers and choreographers develop the artistic, educational and hands-on knowledge and skills needed in order to lead creative dance projects for instance in schools and other cultural institutions as well as create their own artistic projects where participation is a key element. Currently, there is a demand for skilled dance partnership graduates and job opportunities are good. As with most other artistic educations, dance practitioners mostly work freelance, and are hired on project basis or develop their own projects.
The entry requirement for the programme is a degree in dance equivalent to Bachelor’s level and a passed admission test. The admission test consists of a written application (pre-qualification) and an audition. Up to 7 students will be admitted every second year.